New website for tenants

A message from our colleagues at the London Tenants Federation:

Estate Watch

is a new website seeking to ensure tenants and residents have the information, tools and resources to fight their corner.

Click here to visit the site and explore the map.

As of 2018, councils and housing associations seeking Mayoral funding to knock down and replace their existing stock with more than 150 new homes must first seek majority resident support through a ballot.

Even so, 44 such schemes across London have been exempted and the Mayor appears to be overlooking landlords conducting ballots on terms that go against his guidance. This despite the Mayor's Estate Regeneration Guidance, which was supposed to give council tenants and leaseholders a better deal.

Tenants must be fully informed and have meaningful choices before we get to a ballot. We've joined with Just Space

to establish Estate Watch in part because of concerns that that is not happening.

The new website provides tenants with key facts, tools and case studies to fight their corner and to try to engage on more equal terms in discussion about the future of their homes and communities.

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